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Report: Iran, Turkey Coordinate Iraq Strikes | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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ANKARA, Turkey, (AP)- A Turkish TV station is quoting a senior military commander as saying that Turkey and Iran have carried out coordinated strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

CNN-Turk television reports that Gen. Ilker Basbug has confirmed for the first time that the two countries share intelligence against the rebels.

He said the two countries plan to launch more coordinated operations against the rebel group in the future.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, has been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 from bases in northern Iraq.

The Iranian army frequently shells villages in the mountains of northern Iraq, where it alleges that rebels from PEJAK, or the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, are based.